ADDISON - Addison - Thurston Manchester Sr., 96, passed away on August 19, 2014 after a short illness. He was born in Addison in 1918 to Milton and Mertie (Church) Manchester and grew up in the Jonesport area. He enlisted in the US Coast Guard as a teenager and served as a telephone technician until retiring after serving 20 years. At that time he took to the sea and lobster fished out of Eastern Harbor for many years.
While on leave, Thurston visited home one weekend and met the love of his life, Dorothy Ingersoll, in Joyville, South Addison. They married and raised their children wherever the Coast Guard sent them until settling in South Addison in a Sears and Roebuck kit home that he built by himself. They spent many winters traveling to Florida with their camper trailer and close friends Doris and Raymond Joy & Sarah and Grit Davis.
Thurston was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother who could always be counted on to tell a great story. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was
predeceased by his wife Dorothy, parents, brothers Hiley, Harold, Lessie, Frank and LeRoy Manchester and sisters Ivy Gould and Katie Foss.
He is survived by his son Thurston Jr. and Donna of Addison, daughter Shara and Edgar Turner of Milbridge, grandchildren Anna-Maria and Fred Carver Jr of Harrington, Thurston and Elizabeth
Manchester III of Harrisburg, PA, Jeffrey Turner of Milbridge and Lori Lin and Ivan "Gordon" Young of North Pole, Alaska. Sisters Vannie Alley, Florence Smith and Dorothy White and 13 great grandchildren,
2 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and good friend and neighbor Doris Joy.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at the family cemetery in Joyville, South Addison.